Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Message from Bridget Coughlan

Mr Fowler and a group of students traveled to Timaru last week to attend the funeral of Tom Coughlan. They were pleased to be able to meet Bridget Mackintosh (nee Coughlan) and she asked the boys to pop their caps on for a photo, as her dad 'would have liked that'.  Thank you for sharing it with us Bridget.

She said 'Dad was enormously proud of his association with St Kevin's as a pupil and in his governance role. You will be aware he served on the Board of Trustees from around 1977 to 1988 latterly as Chairman steering it through state integration and signing the paperwork for the introduction of girls. I made special mention of this in my eulogy because it showed Dad's commitment to education and that he understood that for institutions to succeed they must move with the times.  The fact St Kevin's College is such a successful school today was a source of great satisfaction to him.  It is clearly in good hands.'

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

ESOL Explorations

A group of ESOL students took a field trip to town today, to explore some of the things they have been learning about in their English language classes.

Graduation Dinner Tickets

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Congratulations, your student will officially graduate from St Kevin’s College on Monday!

You are warmly invited to our Graduation Dinner.

The Graduation dinner will take place on Saturday December 2nd. It will start at 6pm.  It will be held at the Manor Estate (formerly the Homestead) which has the following address: 140 Perth Street, South Hill, Oamaru

Tickets can be purchased at the school office and the cost is $40 per person.  Tickets need to be purchased by Monday 27th November (last day for sales as numbers will need to be confirmed)

Usually we ask that immediate family (parents) and students buy tickets first and that if there are any tickets remaining extended family can then purchase these.

We look forward to celebrating the end of exams, your students graduation, your role as a parent/caregiver in making this all happen and wishing your student well for their future for a final time at the Graduation Dinner.

We have informed students that dress for the Dinner is semi-formal

Warm Regards
Marc Nyika
Senior Dean

Thank you from the Home & School

Home & School would like to thank the following for their donation/contribution to our monster raffle:
Presence of Harbour; Farmlands; Riverstone; Whitestone Cheese; Lowen Family; Debbie Sinclair; Blossoms Massage; Herbert Service Station; Craigs Poultry; Steam; Taste; McAtamney Family; Kaye Family; 0800 Mr Painter; Central South Island & Hunting; Andy Oakes and anyone else who donated to the prizes.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Hostel Happenings

Year 10 - Girls night out
This week the year 10 girls went out to the Habour and then to Portside Restaurant for dinner. A big thank you to Sarah for taking them.

Hostel Head Boy and Girl 2018
Congratulations to Quinn Hargreaves and Molly Kay who have been selected as Head Boy and Head Girl of the Hostel for next year.  Congratulations to Tama Wooldridge and Sarah Dodd who have been selected as their deputies.

Summer School Hit Targets

As summer school wraps up for another year it has once again been a huge success with a large number of students hitting their targets.  Our thanks to the teachers who have mentored students, and our office and careers support staff.  Special thanks to Matt Harris,  Mrs Fowler and Mrs Burton.

North Otago Irrigation Scholarship

Congratulations to Harriet Hanning who is the recipient of the North Otago Irrigation Scholarship for 2017.  Harriet was presented with the scholarship earlier this week, which has a value of $1000.  She will put it towards her veterinary science studies as Massey University next year.  Great news Harriet!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Bus Stop With A View

As part of the traffic management plan the buses now have their regular stop at the front of the Redcastle and students make their way up the now pedestrian only Chapel Rd.  This, along with the one way system before/after school and the support of parents dropping students either at the gate or over by the gymnasium, has made a significant difference to the congestion that was occurring as students were arriving at school.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Primary ITO Trades Academy Celebrates A Great Year

The last SKC Primary ITO Trades Academy for the year was held on Friday.  It has been a very successful year again, with Year 11, 12 and 13 Agriculture students enjoying the challenge of polishing their farm skills and gaining valuable knowledge and qualifications on the way.

We thank all the Agrilearn tutors for their time, wisdom and encouragement.  Thanks also to the farmers who have offered our students work experience placements.  We look forward to working with them again next year.  If you would like to know more about this programme, please contact Paula Eatherley by email or telephone 034371665.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Armistice Day Commemoration

Armistice Day remembers the signing of the armistice which ended World War 1 at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month back in 1918.  This momentous time in history was commemorated with a community service held in the Garden of Memories.  College piper Callum Bishop opened the service with Amazing Grace, setting the scene for a very moving occasion.

Thank you to Oamaru Captured for these lovely photos!
Father Wayne and Debbie Sinclair (Waitaki District RSA Welfare Trust)

Celebrated Kevinian And All Black Tom Coughlan Remembered

Tom Coughlan 1934-2017
Tom Coughlan came through the rugby ranks at St Kevin's in the late 40's, playing the the 2nd XV in 1949.   Following school, he went on to build a reputable rugby career in South Canterbury, including five games for the combined South Canterbury-North Otago-Mid Canterbury selections.  This meant games against the 1955 Wallibies, the 1956 Springboks and the 1959 Lions.  Between 1953 and 1961 Tom played in 14 all Black trials and played for the South Island four times (1955, 1957-58 and 1960).  In 1958 he ran out on Athletic Park as an All Black, playing his only test against Australia.

The Coughlan family have been regulars on the school role from it's early days and Tom was part of the group that established the Foundation in 1979 (or Board of Governors as it was previously known).  He chaired this group in the mid to late 80's. 

Our thoughts and prayers are with Tom's Coughlan's family at this time.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Principal's Comment

Kia ora Kevinians and Supporters of the College

Last Friday evening Mr Fowler, Mrs Clapperson, Mr Smith and I joined with students and whanau to support our nominees at the Aoraki Sports Awards in Timaru. 
Pictured are the nominees and winners. Congratulations to Anna Craig (trap shooting), Tiana Mansfield (swimming), Georgia Vickers (volunteers award) and Amber Cunningham (cricket) who won their categories.

This week we farewelled our leavers at the Graduation Mass and Senior Prizegiving, and Hostel High Tea. Thank you to the Hostel team for the opportunity to share this occasion in the festive spirit.
Thank you to staff, students and families who made the annual Graduation Mass and Senior Prizegiving such successful event. It is one of the highlights of my position to be able to honour our award winners and acknowledge the work and contribution of our who community.

As NCEA examinations have now started, we wish our candidates all the best. Examination times are always associated with added pressures and stress. If you or anyone in your family needs some support around examination issues, feel free to call our guidance team lead by Mr Dixon.

May God bless you
Paul Olsen, Principal